Oliver Wakeman talks about Yes and his recent box set – Collaborations – 528

Produced by Wayne Hall and Jeffrey Crecelius

First of all, many thanks to Dan and Steven Shinder for last week’s April Fool swap around – it was great fun and we look forward to doing some more sensible Yes conversations in the future.

Oliver Wakeman is always one of our favourite guests on the YMP and this time we talk about Yes and his latest release – the Collaborations box set which is available from Burning Shed. It’s another engaging and insightful chat so do let us know what you think.

  • What’s in Oliver’s new box set?
  • What would Oliver want to play if he returned to Yes?
  • What does Oliver think of the change from Relayer Live to Close To The Edge Live?

Take a listen to the episode and then let us know what you think below!

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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from:

3 replies on “Oliver Wakeman talks about Yes and his recent box set – Collaborations – 528”

Oliver is always a joy to listen to – thoughtful, reflective, winsome and full of stories. I particularly agree with his critique of the ‘Olympic sport’ style of comparing keyboard players within parts of prog culture. It’s unhelpful and usually ill-informed. Good to hear ‘Big Generator’ being properly appreciated, too – and wisely balanced words on ‘Relayer’ and the tour, among other things. I haven’t explored much of Oliver’s solo output so far, but will look forward to doing so. His son is being well nurtured!

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